Roberto Rachewsky
In defense of Liberty and Individual Rights - Writer and Speaker

Shame on you, Lula

Lula welcomes Brazilians from Gaza. Photo by Rafa Neddermeyer/Agência Brasil

The Brazilian Air Force’s eighth and final flight from Tel Aviv arrived in Rio de Janeiro on October 23rd, carrying 208 passengers, three of whom were Bolivian and the rest Brazilian. Fifty pets accompanied them. During the so-called “Operation Return Home,” the Brazilian government repatriated 1423 Brazilians who requested to leave Israel. No speeches from Lula.

On November 13th, the presidential plane, provided by President Lula, arrived in Brasilia from Cairo with 32 Brazilians rescued from the Gaza Strip. This time, Lula went to receive the repatriates and delivered a speech that any rational person would find repugnant.

Lula said, among other fallacies and misinterpretations: “I’ve seen a lot of brutality, a lot of violence, but I’ve never seen such brutal violence against innocent people. If Hamas did an act of terrorism, did what it did, the State of Israel is committing various acts of terrorism.”

The Brazilian president’s speech was so disgusting that I decided to publish this article as an outburst.

“Terrorism” was the word Lula used to label what Hamas did on October 7th. All this time, he avoided criticizing Hamas. This was the first time he used the concept of terrorism to refer to Hamas. He only did it as a price to pay to start criticizing Israel as if the IDF were also a terrorist organization.

Lula admitted. What Hamas did on that Saturday was a terrorist act. Lula demonstrated that his perceptual senses are in order. Everybody else saw what Lula saw regarding Hamas actions. However, Lula saw what nobody else with a good understanding of morality has not seen: Israel practicing terrorism. Every commonsense person saw Israel acting in self-defense to chase and destroy Hamas terrorists and their terrorist apparatus planted in the underground of hospitals, schools, mosques, and houses in Gaza.

Lula demonstrates who he is when he says Hamas committed terrorist acts and then accuses the victim, Israel, who is attempting to defend himself, as a terrorist. Lula speaks more about him than about Hamas or Israel. Any reasonable person understands that Hamas is evil, that its terrorist attacks are the primary cause of everything that has happened in Israel, and its unavoidable consequences, the destruction of Gaza and the killing of Palestinians as collateral damage.

Lula criticizes Israel for bombing civilian areas, but he does not condemn Hamas for conducting its dirty war by using children and women as human shields. He never condemned Hamas for using hospitals, schools, and mosques as operational centers from where rockets are launched, ammunition and guns are stored, and terrorists live, plan, and execute their attacks against Israel.

Lula criticizes Israel and calls for a cease-fire, but he does not condemn Hamas for keeping the hostages, kidnapped on October 7th. Lula does not point out that Israel warns civilians before bombing Hamas terrorist targets, nor does she congratulate Israel for defending the people of Gaza from Hamas villainous actions. Lula has no sympathy for the fifty Israelis killed on the battlefield while fighting against terrorism. If Israel did not protect civilians in Gaza fewer IDF soldiers would die.

Are you wondering if Lula is intelligent?

Yes, he is intelligent. He understands how to identify a terrorist act. He understands how to determine who committed it. He understands the concepts. If he wanted to, if he were not a scoundrel, he could side with the real victims of terrorism, Israel’s defenseless population, condemning Hamas and only Hamas for their absolute villain acts. But he did not. To do that, it is necessary to be a moral person. Lula decided to make terrorists and the people who democratically elected Hamas to govern Gaza, a terrorist group disguised as a political party, victims too. But they are not victims, they are the aggressors. Lula pictures Israel, the actual victim, as terrorist. Lula lacks morality.

Yes, there are intelligent scoundrels because intelligence does not imply rationality. It is not enough to be intelligent to identify and conceptualize what reality offers us in the form of self-evident facts and memorized concepts so that we can think about them rationally. Rational is the one who can go beyond by using his free will and choosing to focus his mind to think clearly and seriously about what kind of ethics is necessary to live a moral life, which is hard to achieve where people do not respect and protect individual rights such as the right to life, freedom, property, and the pursuit of happiness.

Lula is astute. However, he is irrational. As a result, Lula is embarrassed to stand with Israel and the victims of Hamas terrorist attacks because Lula is a PT member, and the PT is the Brazilian version of Hamas, a moderated one. PT means Worker´s Party, whose leaders, including Lula, spent years in prison, condemned for corruption and money laundering in a huge, worldwide known scandal, until the Brazilian Supreme Court freed them arbitrarily, against what says our Constitution. Lula should be in prison not governing Brazil.

A coercive retaliatory action performed by the victims or their defender against their aggressors is perfectly moral. Only an immoral person could equate an act of terrorism with an act of self-defense conducted by the Army, which tries to avoid civilian causalities in enemy territory.

Only scoundrels ask for a ceasefire, demand peace, and equate reaction against terrorists with terrorism. Only scoundrels do not give primacy to justice and the right to self-defense in the face of a permanent threat from evil.

About the Author
Roberto Rachewsky was born in 1955, in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. His great-grandparents came from Bessarabia (Moldova and Ukraine), fleeing the pogroms of Tsar Nicholas II. Belonging to a family of traders, Roberto is the owner of an international logistics company and is an active supporter of laisse-faire capitalism for which he co-founded several institutions to spread the ideas of freedom. He recently published the book "The Greek, the Friar and the Heroine", which deals with the philosophical connection between Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and Ayn Rand.
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